Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Music is an emotional art form and because of that I form emotional attachments to certain stars. I never met David Bowie, but I loved him and who he was, even though complicated. I loved his music and movies and antics. He was a gift to life. I’m going to celebrate that instead and just list some of my favorite things about David Bowie.

  1. His ability to change.

2. His creativity.

3. Generosity. He was very charitable and he was always kind to other artists.

4. No Fear.

5. His private nature.

I am having a hard time writing this. It will be a while before this hole closes. May he rest in peace.

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Settling into my seat, I realized the show still wasn’t for a bit starting, so I wandered around. I marveled at how good my seats were because of the general admission. Funny thing about that. I went to settle back and I had been let into the wrong part of the theater. I hadn’t realized my ticket was for the balcony.  When I decided to go comfy the ushers sent me to the second floor and I thought about how much Kane would have hated this seat. I was a few rows from the front of the balcony and he would have had vertigo of the worst kind.

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You don’t really get the true feeling of vertigo from my photo here. I felt like I could just trip and be flying. The seat was really good though. I enjoyed the view, and as you can see, nothing was obscured.

Finally the lights went down and people rushed to get to their seats. I was sad to see that the theater wasn’t completely full because I adore Cibo Matto. The age demographic in the theater at the start of their set was mostly mid 30’s to mid 40’s. It’s probably because Cibo Matto took a break from 2002 till 2011. Their newest CD, only their third, is Hotel Valentine. All the songs are about a hotel, the rooms and surrounding areas. It’s adorably so much their shtick.

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When the lights went dark and Cibo came out, people crowded towards the stage. It was an amazing show. They danced, sang and partied playing to the crowd. I was excited because they played all the hits, Sugar Water, Know Your Chicken, Sci Fi Wasabi, and Birthday Cake.

They came out and danced during Sci Fi Wasabi.

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Sci Fi Wasabi is by far my favorite song of theirs. They do a little rapping on this track and it’s got some hilarious lyrics. I’ve always loved their nerdy references to Star Wars and science fiction tropes.

“What’s up b? wa-sa-bi

I’m searchin? the city for sci-fi wasabi
The start button has been pushed already

Obi-wan kenobi is waiting for me in union square
My wheel needs repair. The bike lane’s glowing all over the city
My bike, specializes in the nitty-gritty
New york city never had equality, it’s reality, economic duality
Where are my amenities
Tell me my sanity
Ain’t no analogy for individuality, I got immunity from multiplicity
That’s how we do it. we got your harmony.
Where’s you’re identity?
Our name is stereotype with an A
I got to get the shit straight
Your vision of stupidity’s made of vanity
Keep your quality up in the sky

There is a hole on broadway, no control, it’s in my way
I feel no goal. where is my soul?
I got no reset for this game

A.o.k. gotta find an alley anyway
My hair turns grey day by day
Don’t erase your points, you’ve got your pace
Don’t waste your days, get your innerspace
Don’t give me chase, I’m at st. marks place
Feeling stromboli, not ravioli
I’m charging my energy fresh as a daisy
Biologically let your system know what’s up
Here comes your twin hopper
Yuka honda knows her water, Pass the volvic?
No wonder her fingers are smooth like butter
It’s specific. no mind traffic
Cibo matto 1999!
I’m miho hatori straight outta purgatori
AI’ aI’ alright? I’m passing on your right
Don’t be snobby with me
Not aioli, surely not moby
Obi-wan kenobi told me in the lobby
Technically I’m free and I can find the key

Our name is stereotype with an a
I’ve got to get the shit straight. can you relate, my mate?
Don’t be late, my gate is open
Downtown still sends me up in the sky.”

Throughout the years, I’ve heard Cibo in movies and video games.  They used the song Birthday Cake in Jet Set Radio Future. If you haven’t played it you should find a copy. It’s the sequel to Jet Set Radio. You and your friends are roller blading taggers running from the police. Everyone listens to a pirate radio station that is a tribute to the radio station in the Warriors. It’s insanity. You have to roll around tagging things, fight rival blade gangs and avoid getting caught by the police. The levels get larger and crazier as the game goes on. They chose the song Birthday Cake, which is about a woman baking a cake for her son and his wife, on his 30th birthday! (Yeah, I used the lyrics there. 😉 ) You can usually find this game used for $5.00 or under, it’s worth it.

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I swear they used a Cibo song in Katamari but couldn’t find any internet references to corroborate my claims. If you remember this or can recall the song, feel free to comment.

They announced at the end of their set that they would be back on tour in 2015. I hope it’s true. I would love to go see them again.

Tune Yards was up next and as a special treat, they brought Cibo Matto out to help them with a final song. Maybe later I’ll write about Tune Yards.

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After they played I discovered the bathroom on the second floor. I wear it was made for hobbits.

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The Missing Muse

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Lucky duck, I caught wind of a show Cibo Matto was playing in Seattle in December. They were opening for Tune Yards and I really only wanted to go to see Cibo Matto. I got my wish and Tune Yards gained a new fan. The night turned out to be pretty magical.

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Adult? Haha… who’s an adult?

 

Who is Cibo Matto? Seriously, you should fall in love with this band. Japanese expats living in New York, Cibo Matto is a duo act that started in the 90s. They are a mix of Sonic Youth style grunge pop and trip hop. The band name means crazy for food in Italian. Their first two albums all had to do with food of some kind. The concept was surprisingly robust. Throughout the years their music has appeared in movies and a video game, Jet Set Radio. (Although, I swear they were on one of the Katamari games.)

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I was out by myself to see a concert, which was strange for me. I’m usually with a small group or performing, either way I’m never alone at music events. I found a way to pass the time. I was there early bc my keys were locked up at work. I had to rely on timing and texting to make sure my husband and I connected at the right time. Since I was at his mercy, I was only fifth or sixth in line outside the beautiful Moore Theater. I’ve never been inside this Seattle Landmark. Footage from Pearl Jam’s Evenflow video was filmed at the Moore Theater. The weather was unseasonably warm which was perfect because I had a new outfit that was meant for summer. Standing in the line I realized as the sun started to dip it was a good thing I had an over jacket, scarf and gloves. Using my lovely phone I took photos of some of the surrounding area while standing in line as well as facebooking and tweeting about where I was and how excited I was to see Cibo Matto finally. I never had a chance to see them in the 90s.20141213_18475020141213_184104

The Moore Theater was built when architecture really meant something, 1907. The floors and walls are lovely marble with curving stairs up and down to the different levels. I found a bar in the basement with some restrooms. On the main floor was a snack bar with some food. The only things I could eat were candy, so I bought a water and some peanut butter cups. I was struggling with eating a gluten free, meat free diet and was starving. Really, I just needed something to keep myself standing. Looking around the room I glance to the second floor to see the room guarded by the muses. Counting the statues and reading their names I found Melpomene and Terpsichore. Both of whom I’ve used for character names but… there were only eight that rimmed the lobby. Who was missing?!

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Rewind… on my way out the door I suddenly doubled back. Taking off the necklace I had on, I grabbed a necklace I’d picked up at Geek Girl Con. On the necklace is Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. I love this necklace. I felt compelled to put it on, leaving the other necklace behind, then running out the door so Kane could lock up.

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Fast Forward. Starring up at the ceiling I start puzzling over who was missing… Urania. Urania is the muse of Astronomy and Astrology. I found this especially interesting because of my choice to go back for my necklace. Striking up a conversation with the ushers on my way to my seat, I mentioned the missing Muse in the lobby. 20141213_194918

According to the employee, the Muse haunts the upper balcony where a second circle of statues is also missing a statue of Urania. Searching for other stories about the haunted balcony, I have found accounts where people felt a statue was starring at them or seen mysterious movement. One story involved roadies sleeping with gear over night. They didn’t sleep at all because of footsteps, voices and a door that kept opening.

Hearing about the haunting, I felt instantly blessed and protected. As if I had listened to quiet whispers sending me back for my necklace to honor the missing Muse. They left her out because they didn’t think she had anything to do with the arts… now I find myself writing a song for my band about the last days of the universe.

The sky will grow dark and we won’t even know it on Earth until it’s too late.

Thank you to whoever told me to grab the necklace.

Part two will be about Cibo Matto performing. Amazing…